By Austin OGWUDA,
PRESIDING Judge ofÂ the Federal High Court Asaba, Justice Marcel Awokulehin, yesterday adjourned ruling again, making it the fourth time on the applicationÂ by the immediate past governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori seeking to quash the charges filed byÂ the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)against him.
Yesterdayâ€™s pronounce-ment of the judge shocked Ibori who was in the dock and numerous supporters of the ex-governor who thronged the court to hear the much-expected ruling as they thought the ruling could have been taken.
Ibori and well wishers including his former deputy governor, Chief Benjamin Elue, Chief Ighoyota Amori and host of othersÂ left the court premises wearing long faces, disappointed that the ruling did not take place.
Justice Awokulehin, after the appearances were announced and Ibori put into the dock, the judge said that the issuesÂ that came up which made him to adjourn the ruling for the first time on the 6th of November are stillÂ there.
He therefore further adjourned the ruling to 17th of December this year.
The judge, who had been embattled following petitions over the matter, had on the that 6th of November, disclosed that â€œsome issues came up between the last adjourned date and nowâ€.
Although he did not expatiate, he added that he would rather like â€œto err on the side of cautionâ€.
The rulingÂ is crucial to the fate of Ibori over the 170-count charge of alleged money laundering in either freeing him or paving way for the EFCC to prosecuted the case.